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Old 04-02-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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Lacrosse 318BHS Issue

Hello everyone I'm happy to finally be a member. My wife and I finaly picked up our 2013 Lacrosse 318BHS. We are so excited about camping in it for the first time.

I just wanted to check if any others who have this camper have had any issues. I just noticed today that the main door dead bolt won't work. The hole in the frame was not cut in the correct location. I know this is under warranty and the dealer will fix it with no charge. Just thought something so simple would be caught during the manufacture and dealer inspections.

My concern is the cost of towing the camper to the dealer. Do they reimburse for the mileage? Either way I need to get it fixed. Just kind of bummed I have to tow it back and wait for them to fix. Hopefully we can't see the screw holes or the plate hole after the repair.

We won't let this minor issue bring us down. We love the camper and have had great luck with our last Forest River rv. Happy camping all.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:17 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new camper. Little issues are normal with any TT. Do not worry. Some dealers will reimburse for gas, but most do not.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:52 PM   #3
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I would take it out on a trip - and keep it locked without the deadbolt. There are bound to be other little things wrong, or maybe some changes you will want to make. That way you will combine issues for your first trip back to the dealer.

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Old 04-02-2012, 09:31 PM   #4
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Great tip Laura!
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:44 PM   #5
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Hello everyone I'm happy to finally be a member. My wife and I finaly picked up our 2013 Lacrosse 318BHS. We are so excited about camping in it for the first time.

I just wanted to check if any others who have this camper have had any issues. I just noticed today that the main door dead bolt won't work. The hole in the frame was not cut in the correct location. I know this is under warranty and the dealer will fix it with no charge. Just thought something so simple would be caught during the manufacture and dealer inspections.

My concern is the cost of towing the camper to the dealer. Do they reimburse for the mileage? Either way I need to get it fixed. Just kind of bummed I have to tow it back and wait for them to fix. Hopefully we can't see the screw holes or the plate hole after the repair.

We won't let this minor issue bring us down. We love the camper and have had great luck with our last Forest River rv. Happy camping all.

If you're parked on uneven ground and the TT is not level, there could be a slight "tweek" in the trailer frame which is twisting the door frame slightly. This is common and might fix itself once you properly level the TT.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:07 PM   #6
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We bought a 2012 318BHS April 2011. It had a laundry list of little things that were all promptly corrected by the dealer and PT over the course of a year My suggestion would be to keep a list and minimize the return trips to the dealer. Broken "stuff" dramatically decreased after the first 6 mos and as we're fast approaching our 1 yr Anniversary, I'm happy to say we're running strong :-)
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:22 PM   #7
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We bought a 2012 318BHS April 2011. It had a laundry list of little things that were all promptly corrected by the dealer and PT over the course of a year My suggestion would be to keep a list and minimize the return trips to the dealer. Broken "stuff" dramatically decreased after the first 6 mos and as we're fast approaching our 1 yr Anniversary, I'm happy to say we're running strong :-)
This is good advice. It may take a trip or two (or three) to find all the "little" things that may need to be tweaked by your dealer. Better to make a list and let the dealer address them all at the same time. Good luck!
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:19 PM   #8
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Thanks Everyone

I will take the camper out a few times and see if I notice anything else. I think I got pretty lucky on my other two previous camper purchases. They had no issues that needed a return to the service department.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:58 PM   #9
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I'm on my first trip with my 318 now and I am making my punch list....my slide appears to have leaked after a rain storm yesterday. Well. It got the carpet wet when I slid it in and moved on my trip I have never had that happen before. My dealer is going to look at it when I get back. I'm not sure if water ran down the sides when I had it slid in and got the carpers wet or what.

Also...the factory mattress stinks. I bought a memory foam mattress from overstock.com. Short queen and everything. Way more comfortable..
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:19 AM   #10
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Question for you on your slide out roof. Did you see if you had water on the roof and if you did, did you dry it off before you slid it in? If not and you do not have slide toppers, then the water could have run off the roof and into your camper. You may not have a leak at all. That would be great if that was the case.

Sorry that your bed is not comfortable. Do you have the upgraded Residential Serta Mattress or just a base model mattress? Just wondering cause we get our trailer in a week or two and we have the upgraded one.
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